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Cemeteries and crematoriums

COVID-19 - in light of the current situation, we've closed the office at Rochdale cemetery.

Services will continue but there are some changes to help protect you and our staff members. We've contacted local funeral directors to let them know about these changes.

Funeral service changes:

  • All chapel services are restricted to 10 mourners who should wait in their cars or outside the chapel until they're asked to enter by the Chapel Attendant or Funeral Director.
  •  We've removed service books from the chapels as a precaution and are discouraging handshaking.
  • After every funeral, cleaners will sterilise all the pews before the next funeral begins. In light of this, services may be slightly shorter to allow time for cleaning without delaying funerals.
  • We're looking into the possibility of webcasting funeral services so those who can't attend in person can still watch and pay their respects.

Cremation changes:

  • No-one will be permitted within the crematory to witness the cremation. See guidance on GOV.UK for care of the deceased.
  • Unfortunately, you can't bury or scatter ashes at our cemeteries at the moment.
  • You're also not able to place any ashes in the memorial sanctums for the time being.
  • We request families do not submit memorial forms of any description or requests for entry onto the Book of Remembrance to the Crematorium until further notice. Book rooms are currently closed. 

We'll continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and will update this website if anything changes.

Find out about cemeteries and cremations in Rochdale borough.

Location of cemeteries and crematoriums

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We've 6 cemeteries and 2 crematoriums at the following locations around the borough.​

Dearnley cemetery​Arm Road
OL15 8NJ

Find Dearnley cemetery on a map
Water taps are available for fresh flowers. There are no buildings or toilets on site at this cemetery.
​Denehurst cemetery​163 Sandy Lane
OL11 5DY

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​Water taps are available for fresh flowers. There are no buildings or toilets on site.

Denehurst cemetery opened in 2015. It's situated within the beautiful surroundings of Denehurst Park.
Heywood cemeteryRochdale Road East
OL10 1RL

Find Heywood cemetery on a map
Cemetery chapel for holding funeral services, toilets, water taps, seating and a new woodland memorial garden for cremated remains.

View a map of the plots at Heywood Cemetery (546kb pdf)
Middleton (Boarshaw) cemetery and crematoriumBoarshaw Road
M24 2PN

Find Middleton (Boarshaw) cemetery on a map
The cemetery and crematorium chapel for holding funeral services have toilets, water taps, a book of remembrance room, seating and memorial gardens. The crematorium chapel also has a hearing loop installed.

The cemetery has Green Flag status and a Friends Group who take an active part in the running of the cemetery.
Middleton old cemeterySt Leonard's Street

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There are no buildings or toilets or other facilities on site at this cemetery.

Very few burials are now held here as the cemetery is full. The cemetery lies within a heritage site area.
Rochdale cemetery and crematoriumBury Road
OL11 4DG

Find Rochdale cemetery on a map
The crematorium chapel and separate cemetery chapel for holding funeral services have toilets, water taps, a book of remembrance room, seating and memorial gardens. The crematorium chapel also has a hearing loop installed.

The administrative centre for the cemetery and cremation service for the whole borough is based here.

Opening times of cemetery grounds

The grounds of all our cemeteries are open every day at the times listed in the table below. This includes the book of remembrance rooms and the memorial gardens.

MonthOpening times
January9am - 4.30pm
February9am - 5.30pm
March9am - 6.30pm
April9am - 6.30pm
May9am - 7.30pm
June9am - 7.30pm
July9am - 7.30pm
August9am - 7.30pm
September9am - 6.30pm
October9am - 5.30pm
November9am - 4.30pm
December9am - 4.30pm

Times of our cremation services

Our cremation services are held Monday-Friday between 10am-3pm. Services are usually scheduled every 40 minutes but you're able to book a double slot if you'd like a longer service.

How to book a cremation

If you're looking to have a cremation at one of our crematoriums, your funeral director will need to request this on your behalf. They can get in touch with us using the contact details on this page.

Metal recycling scheme

Recycling metals from a loved one following their cremation is a sensitive subject and we only do so with the express consent of the next of kin.

Following a cremation, there can sometimes be pieces of metal left over, such as from a tooth filling, a steel hip replacement, pins used to repair a bone fracture or from parts of the coffin.

It's possible to recycle these metals through a nationwide scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. We donate all the proceeds from the scheme to local charities who provide services and support for bereaved residents.

Request the money generated from recycling metals after a cremation
If you're a local charity who offers bereavement services to borough residents, you can apply to receive a donation from the money we've generated by recycling metals after a cremation.

Please email us on to ask for an application.

Finding a grave in our cemeteries

If you'd like to find the location of a loved one's grave, you can access the burial records.

Burial records give the date and place someone was buried. The records can also sometimes include the grave number and a map showing the location of the grave in the cemetery.


01706 645219

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-12noon and 1pm-4.30pm.
Bereavement Services
Rochdale Cemetery
Bury Road
Rochdale OL11 4DG

The cemetery office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 12noon and 1pm to 4.30​pm for visitors and enquiries.